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Hmm I’m pretty sure now I know Lala was my secret pumpkin!

In any case, maybe it’s my cold, or maybe I didn’t steep long enough, but this is a very light spice. I’m not detecting any pumpkin. I added a touch of sweetener. It’s not bad by any means but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to purchase.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

Ha ha. Not too hard to tell it was me, hey?

jeweledthumb

Well when the only other review was from you, it was a good clue!

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77

Made this one again this morning. I made the tea double strength and then added some brown rock sugar and milk. It is much more pumpkin pie/pumpkin dessert like this. I am getting the taste of pumpkin and autumn spices, I am also getting a bit of pastry taste. It is also very creamy, most likely from the milk I added but it is working well with this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77

This is not a tea I would normally have purchased. I picked it up for the Secret Pumpkin exchange. Stepping outside the box!!

This one smells like a chai to me. Reminds me of Christmas spices, lots of cinnamon smell.

The tea tastes quite good. It is reminded me of pumpkin oatmeal cookies that my mom makes. Its essentially an oatmeal cookie with pumpkin paste mixed in. They are super soft and delicious. Pumpkin is not necessarily my favorite in pie form, but cookie form – delicious. There are definitely pumpkin pie spices. I taste cinnamon, maybe nutmeg.

I think the liquor could have been thicker, so next time I will have to try using more tea. I used 1 tsp for this cup. I think some creamer or milk may have helped bring out the dessert taste in this.

Overall not bad. I was worried that there was hibiscus in the ingredients but I can’t even tell its in there.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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68

I actually did not intend to buy this tea. But I wasn’t paying attention and this is what I came home with.

This tea smells very sharp. There is definitely an almond smell. I would describe this tea as candied almond. There are small pieces of chopped up almond in the mix. The brewed tea smells like sweet almond. I almost get a hint of Granny Smith green apples.

The tea tastes strongly of rooibos. There is a sweetness from the rooibos. There is also an almond taste. Very slightly like marzipan but not quite. I get that little bit of apple flavour in the aftertaste.

Overall an ok tea for a rooibos blend, not what I wanted but I guess I should be paying more attention next time. Its like I get into a tea store and can’t even focus…there is too much to see and smell and I just want, want, WANT…ha ha. I think it is safe to say that is a common occurrence for most of us… :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

Lol, I always get carried away in tea shops, and Cuppa is no exception!

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100

Beautiful creamy cuppa of this gem yesterday morning.

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60

I had an idea to turn this tea into a bath tea and it turned out marvellous! I am not a fan of lavender in tea, but in a bath, it is so relaxing. So I put Epsom salts, tea, a tiny bit of lavender essential oil, and some baking soda as a skin softener.
Ah, now that’s one glorious bath!

Terri HarpLady

That’s awesome!
I should try doing that with some of the teas I don’t really care for :)

tigress_al

Yep! I heard white tea is supposed to be good for your skin so I figured what the heck! Might as well try it

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100

Went to the farmers market today and had tea infused ice cream …. A-MAZ-ING! That is all

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90

Sipdown!
I sweetened this with 1tsp of sugar, which is now a little too sweet for my tastes. It is good though, tastes like cranberry cocktail now!

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77

SIPDOWN! (236) mwahahahaha Now that’s what i call getting organised. :) I really like this one with just a splash of sugar to sweeten it and take the edge off the hibby :) Thanks as always lala!

Lala

Your welcome as always!

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77

Picked this up at the local farmers market. I couldn’t resist the blood orange. I do wish though, I would have asked which tea was used to make it before I purchased it.

This ice cream was made with this tea: http://steepster.com/teas/cuppat-specialty-teas/36763-organic-blood-orange-rooibos which is a rooibos tea.

The ice cream did not taste so much like blood orange but more orange creamsicle, which is fine by me. But there was still a rooibos taste, which is strange in ice cream. The good thing is it wasn’t medicinal rooibos tasting. I would also describe it tasting like blood orange but without the tartness, like sweet orange maybe, and very creamy. So I am going to go back to saying it tasted like orange creamsicle.

This ice cream was good, but I think I would prefer an tea ice cream that is not made with rooibos.

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90

This tea is getting really old. Time to drink this puppy up. I chilled this overnight. It is a little more tart than I remember but it was very refreshing. Or maybe it’s just losing sweetness with age

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68

Was planning on making this one as a cold brew overnight but when I woke up this morning I realized I had forgotten to get it ready and put in the fridge. So I made it iced just so I could have something cold in the fridge today. (Which if you continue reading, was a good plan).

I have to start studying for a huge exam coming up. I have been meaning to start for weeks. Do a bit every day so I don’t have to cram. But procrastination set in. So today I finally decided to get started. I spent an hour getting all my study stuff ready – procrastination at its best. Then the power goes out, which is good, because with no power, there is not much else I can/should be doing, might as well study. I finally sat down and turned on the laptop to download the study guide, well guess what – internet doesn’t work if the power is out. Damn. I need some tea at this point. Well you can’t boil a kettle if there is no power. Damn. So I am glad I had made a pitcher of this iced so I could at least have that kind of tea while I study. Maybe it saved me, maybe not. We will see how long I study for before I get distracted. (Edit: made it about an hour and a half before I broke for lunch, but most of that time was searching for information in a bunch of different books – at least its a start).

This tea is not terribly great hot. So we will see how it is iced. It is not terrible iced, but not the greatest. I think it is easier to drink iced than hot. There is still a orange rind pepper taste. I don’t really get any sweet orange flavour. There is really not much taste to the tea. The taste of even the black tea is quite blunted. I had added some rock sugar while it was steeping which I think helped. I think I will finish the rest of this one off as iced/cold on those days when it is hot and I just need to guzzle tea without really tasting it.

Terri HarpLady

Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will! :)
Good luck with the studying!

Lala

Thanks Terri. Now that I have gotten going, it is going pretty well… for now anyway!

Fjellrev

Best of luck on the studying! I can be really overwhelming cramming it all in, but sometimes it works even better than spreading it out haha.

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88

I made this tea a couple of days ago hot, then put it in the fridge overnight to chill. I also added a little bit of sugar because of the tartness. With the addition of the sugar, it is a much better tisane. Refreshing, but I am still not getting much in the kiwi department.

As much as I don’t like to add sugar, this tea kinda needs it.

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95

Sipdown
This is a very refreshing tea. Almost like lemonade but not too sweet. It’s slightly tart from the hibiscus but not overly so. Each cup tastes a little different depending on what fruit pieces end up in the scoop but that’s ok.
I would like to re-stock this but I think my local tea shop has stopped selling this tea :(
That’s the worst when you find a tea you like and then can’t restock it! Oh well, I enjoyed it while I had it

Lala

Wen I first read your review I was like I am going to get some of this, Ihave never seen it is the store so it must be a new one. But then I read thru the review and am now sad :(

Michelle Butler Hallett

Nooooo! Discontinued tea …

tigress_al

It is sad :(

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77

Made this one as a cold brew and i’m not sure if this is the heat or what but it is PERFECT tonight and hitting exactly the spot that i wanted it. I am digging this a lot and it’s making the perfect tea tonight to help beat the heat. thanks lala!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lala

Glad it is helping you survive that wicked heat wave!

Sil

it’s insane…flood one week…next week heat warnings..

Lala

well as long as you (and your tea) are safe

NofarS

Keep safe!

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67

Made the last of this one as a cold brew, brewed for 12 hours. I wanted to write here that it was delicious! but really it is just ok.

There is a metallic tang from the rooibos. You can taste the pistachio, and there is a blunted green apple taste. Not very sweet. I will need to add some sweetener to my cup to straighten out this apple taste. There is definitely a pastry type taste as a cold brew, like thick pie crust. It is also a bit creamy. The liquor is thick. There is a long, lingering rooibos aftertaste. The last time I had this hot was a long time ago, but cold it seems like the tastes are a bit more complex.

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100

Backlogging
This is one of my favs and definitely a cupboard staple.
I think I have to increase the rating because I just love the subtle earl grey with the sweetness of the caramel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Chelle

Might have to try this one. I like subtle bergamot.

tigress_al

This is just from my local tea shop and I am not sure if they ship. But maybe we could arrange a swap in the future

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90

Again, not really but kind of a tea tasting note.

I wanted to make some iced coffee. My usual is to use day old coffee, add milk, sweetener and ice, sometimes blender it will some kind of mocha or chocolate mix.

I decided to brew the coffee with some lapsang tea – really wasn’t my idea, I did see this somewhere but can’t remember where or when. I made 8 cups, used 4 scoops coarsely ground Starbucks blonde veranda blend and just 1 tsp of the lapsang – I didn’t want it to be too strong.

It turned out ok. You can definitely taste the smokey flavour. But cold, it does make the coffee quite dry, slightly bitter. It really tastes like smokey campfire coffee to me. It is almost like the smoke just sits on top of the coffee. First I taste the smoke, then I taste the coffee, it is not blending too well. I am thinking this one might have been better had I used a bolder coffee. This one is definitely better hot than cold. Cold campfire is just not for me I guess.

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90

This is not necessarily a tea review, so you can stop reading now if you like.

I made pea soup. Mmmmm. It was delicious. My grandparents sill farm, even though they are probably to old to be farming, they just won’t quit. Good for them! My grandpa grew peas last year so I got my grandma to steal me an ice cream pail of peas after harvest. I have been using them up sparingly. They were not “processed” and “fresh” off the field. In saying that I mean they were not cleaned so they were full of dust, husks and dehydrated grasshopper parts. I spent an hour yesterday sifting through 4 cups of peas to clean out any non-pea debris, then soaked for 12 hours in water. I slow cookered the peas for 12 hours with a ham bone, 1 cup of strong lapsang souchong tea, chicken stock, pepper and bay leaves.

The lapsang gave the soup a smokey flavour that paired perfectly with the ham. But I think it also helped to cut back on the saltiness that sometimes the ham can give it. I also found the soup to be very smooth, which I am attributing to the tea because that is the only difference this time around. I didn’t use too much tea so the caffeine does not appear to be a factor.

This was great and I look forward to doing it again. My grandparents are growing peas again this year so I might have to sneak some more in the fall :) Maybe more than an ice cream pail this time!

Nxtdoor

Ham hock?

Nxtdoor

Split pea soup is awesome. With ham hock, I’m in heaven.

Lala

It was the bone from a picnic ham, so the leg – not sure what the cut is called.

JustJames

i can’t do smoke normally…. but i likely could this way! yum!!!

no grasshopper parts? but we all need protein =0(

Lala

Ha ha, well I got the grasshopper parts that still had faces and antennas. I am sure there were still a few legs left in there. :P

Fjellrev

Interesting concoction!

JustJames

not happy when your beverages grimace at you?

Lala

More like: I don’t like when I have a smiling face staring up at me right before I eat it. He he.

Bonnie

What a great idea! I cook with lapsang souchong all the time. Usually though, I grind it into a powder with my mortar and pestle…then sprinkled on steaming broccoli or use in rubs.

Lala

Bonnie – I thought about just putting the tea leaves in whole but I was worried about the caffeine getting too strong – so I can eat this for supper/dinner. Do you find that when you grind the leaves there seems to be caffeine effects added?

JustJames

it could have been sticking its tongue out, lol!!

i have to be careful with smoke/smokiness. i can’t be around even bonfire smoke (so annoying), and i am sensitive to it in teas as well. i do think i could do it in a pea soup, though.

canadianadia

ooh! Lapsang in split pea soup – that’s genius!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh man! That sounds so good!

Bonnie

DELETE2 minutes ago
When you make a powder out of the tea, you just use a pinch of it or so to taste…and unless you’re eating everything yourself, I hardly think caffeine is an issue. Sugar and salt are bigger concerns to health. I cook with tea frequently and at 65 have never noticed any caffeine effect as yet. Possibly, this is due to having the tea with food…not on an empty stomach.

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99

Ok WOW!!!!!!

A local tea vendor started selling tea infused ice cream at the local farmers market.

This is delicious. It is creamy, thick, ice cream. It tastes exactly like a creamy iced London Fog. The Earl Grey is strong but not too strong, it is sweet and creamy – just the way I like it. Will definitely have to try all the other flavours: chai latte, jasmine latte, campfire maple, and rose marzipan.

Chelle

Wow! I would love to try those.

tigress_al

Oh my!! I will have to check out this ice cream! Sounds amazing!

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85

Made this one as a cold brew.

Its ok. Tastes like caramel earl grey. There is no “creamy” about it as a cold brew. Much more creamy when hot. The bergamot in this one as a cold brew is also a little chemical tasting. Glad I tried it cold, but prefer this one hot.

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85

I have been trying to use of the mountains of Earl Grey tea I have at home. Normally I just drink Twinnings at work, but I started bringing other brands to work so I can drink them down (and then get more).

I normally do not drink a lot of Earl Grey Creams. So in my tired haze this morning, I boiled the water (kind of – it doesn’t ever get to boiling at work) and dropped in this tea. The smell that wafted out made me a bit concerned. I sat there thinking for more than a few minutes, I thought I was drinking Earl Grey. Then it dawned on me that what I was smelling was the caramel. Mmmmm. The smell is delicious and tantalizing. I had to take a sip before it was cool enough, and it burned my tongue. This one is much more caramel-y than I remember. I can smell and taste the bergamot just under the caramel. It feels like it is going to be a good day today!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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65

sipdown! finished this off as a cold brew.. ick. sorry lala this is not the tea for me! There’s something in the blend that doesn’t mesh wll with the other flavours. ah well, there are always other teas!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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34

I’m not a fan of this tea. A white tea, so I brewed for 3 minutes with 180 water. A pale yellow liquor, almost clear. Slight citrus aroma when hot but it all disappears when the tea cools. It has a tangerine flavour and unfortunately a bitterness envelops the tongue at the end of the sip. I didn’t oversteep and I didn’t use too hot water, it feels like the bitterness is from the citrus rinds.

Will not resteep and will not finish the cup. Sorry Sil ! It sounded like it would be so good too! Bummer.

Sil

white teas are tricky buggers :)

Nxtdoor

Or maybe I’m a peasant.

Sil

Haha naw…

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